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Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
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12/3/19  12:25 am
Commenter: Arnel Espiritu Rodriguez, Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

In support for petition to amend regulation 18 VAC 90-19-130 Section D1

It is absolutely wrong to use the designation as "foreign graduate nurse" on name tags and when signing official medical records. It is discriminatory.

Nurses who came from different countries would not be able to pass NCLEX and practice nursing in the U.S. if they did not meet the necessary requirements for nursing education and training.  I am a practicing nurse since 1981 and have worked side by side with many nurses who came from the Philippines, China, Japan, Vietnam, Haiti, Caribbean Islands, Panama, India and from many other countries.  The nurses came from different cultures but followed the same Standards of Nursing Practice when delivering care to our patients.

Using the designation as an "RN Applicant" is non discriminatory and sufficient to indicate those who are preparing to take the NCLEX.

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